Ok, ok, heating up may be a stretch but bear with me. Found this gem late last night courtesy of Beyond the Beat‘s Wendell Maxey. It comes from Julian Benbow of the Boston Globe who has the following to say about the Celtics looking to fill their final roster spot:
One roster spot is still available, and everyone from Danny Ainge to Doc Rivers to back-seat general manager Paul Pierce has said that the Celtics need another piece — specifically, a shooter.
With reports circling about interest in fiery if disgruntled Portland guard Rudy Fernandez, Ainge acknowledged that he was pursuing trade options, though he wasn’t sure a deal would fall in place.
“We’re just continuing to explore available players and trade possibilities and see what sort of options are there,’’ said the Celtics president. “There are some trade discussions that we’re having. I don’t know the likelihood of those happening, but we’ll continue to not rush into something unless it’s something that we’re really excited about.’’
I don’t know how much can really be read into this. What I gathered is Boston has one more spot left, they have a bit of a void on the perimeter and a shooter would fit in perfectly. Say what you want about Rudy but on paper, it’d be a good fit for the Celtics, why wouldn’t they want him? As I’ve said before, I just don’t think Boston has that much to offer Portland–roster wise–in a deal. The Blazers have remained patient for a reason and that’s to get the best deal possible–an unpopular stance, but a smart one. The C’s look to be a top team out East which means even if Portland got a 1st-round pick out if it, they’d be looking at one in the 20’s. This looks to be a longshot.